Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Sheldon Greer, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Sheldon Greer Passes Away, Services on Friday

December 20, 2016

Sheldon Greer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away on Monday, December 19. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 23, at 1 p.m., at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 20955 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, Florida 33180. Following the services, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the same location until 6 p.m.

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From left, Camillo Ricordi, M.D., receives the Advocacy Award from Bernard Siegel, founder and Chairman of the World Stem Cell Summit.

DRI Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi Receives Advocacy Award

December 13, 2016

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the World Stem Cell Summit’s Advocacy Award for being “a path-finding diabetes researcher, motivating the biomedical community to take a stand for cures.” He accepted the award on December 7 during the annual Stem Cell Action Gala at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

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From left, Dawn Comstock, Ph.D., Jordan D. Stillman, and Zachary Kerr, Ph.D., of the APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

M.D./M.P.H. Students Earn National Public Health Research Awards

December 06, 2016

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine M.D./M.P.H. students received national awards at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver. Jordan D. Stillman, a second-year M.D./M.P.H. student, won the best Student Poster Presentation Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

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Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D.

Miller School Researcher Co-Authors Statement about Hypertension’s Impact on Cognitive Function

December 02, 2016

Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recently joined with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 11 other institutions to produce a scientific statement for the American Heart Association about the impact of hypertension on cognitive function.

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Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Alessia Fornoni Named Chief of Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

December 01, 2016

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, and molecular and cellular pharmacology, Co-Director of Novel Methods for the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Associate Director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program, has been named Chief of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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The name change from Life Science and Technology Park to Converge Miami will be complete when new signage — shown here in an artist's depiction — is installed.

UM and Partners Push to Accelerate Technology Innovation in South Florida

November 23, 2016

When University of Miami President Julio Frenk delivered his inauguration speech on January 29, one of the ambitious ideas he put forth was “the development of a major innovation hub with hemispheric scope” — a challenge for which he said the University was uniquely positioned. Strengthened by a new partnership and directed by a new strategy, UM is setting off on the path to meet Frenk’s challenge.

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J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

A Breakthrough to Move Cancer Precision Medicine Forward

November 15, 2016

The terms “personalized medicine” and “precision medicine” are often used interchangeably; however, in the world of science, they’re not quite the same. Personalized medicine means developing a unique treatment plan for each patient. Precision medicine means developing treatment plans for groups of patients with similar conditions. Oncologists aspire to personalized medicine, but cancer is like snowflakes — each is different.

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Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Dr. Seth J. Schwartz’s New Book Inspires Others to Face Their Fears

November 01, 2016

Seth J. Schwartz, Ph.D., professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, wanted to help people deal with fundamental challenges, as he has dealt with a speech impediment for most of his life, so he decided to write a book. In Reaching for Resilience: Developing Empowerment through Adversity, Schwartz urges readers to “face your fear” and beat it.

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From left, Rene Barro-Soria, Ph.D., Catherine Garcia Serje, M.S., Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D., Marta Perez-Rodriguez, M.S., and Michael Paonessa.

$2.2 Million Grant to Fund Drug Development for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Sudden Cardiac Death

November 01, 2016

H. Peter Larsson, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, and Derek Dykxhoorn, Ph.D., associate professor in the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop drugs to prevent cardiac arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death.

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From left, Jonathan R. Wolpaw, M.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., and Daniel S. Rizzuto, Ph.D.

University of Miami Hosts First Neural Engineering Symposium

November 01, 2016

The University of Miami hosted its first Neural Engineering Symposium on October 13 to promote collaborations among research, educational, and industry programs for this rapidly growing discipline. Ozcan Ozdamar, Ph.D., professor and chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis were Co-Directors.

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From left, Bart Roep, M.D., Ph.D., Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., MACP, Alberto Pugliese, M.D., President Julio Frenk, Joshua Rednik and Valentina Pugliese (seated).

Dr. Alberto Pugliese Celebrated as Inaugural Holder of the Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research

November 01, 2016

Alberto Pugliese, M.D., a world-renowned researcher in diabetes and immunogenetics at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was presented with the J. Enloe and Eugenia J. Dodson Chair in Diabetes Research. Pugliese, professor of medicine, and microbiology and immunology, and Deputy Director for Immune Tolerance Research at the DRI, is the first holder of the chair.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

Researchers Develop Procedure for Standardized Pancreatic Islet Cell Production at Multiple Sites

November 01, 2016

The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in a collaborative study with seven other institutions around the world, has demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale production of pancreatic islet cells by multiple manufacturing sites using a standardized process. Their report was published as the cover story in the November issue of Diabetes.

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Michal Toborek, M.D., Ph.D., left, receiving the doctor honoris causa degree from Adam Zajac, President of the Academy of Physical Education.

Dr. Michal Toborek Receives Honorary Degree from Polish Academy

November 01, 2016

Michal Toborek, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Vice Chair for Research, received an honorary degree of doctor honoris causa from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland, on October 7. The degree was awarded by the Senate of the Academy of Physical Education in recognition of Toborek’s scientific achievements.

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University of Miami and Heat Biologics Announce Zika Vaccine Collaboration

October 25, 2016

The University of Miami has entered into an agreement with Heat Biologics, Inc., to license and develop a portfolio of patents leveraging the gp96 platform to target the Zika virus and other infectious diseases. Heat has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Zolovax, Inc., to focus on the development of gp96-based vaccines targeting Zika, HIV, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., center, at the Mailman School of Public Health with his collaborators.

Researchers Receive $8.3 Million NIH Grant to Study HIV Testing Linkage to Care

October 18, 2016

Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Biostatistics, along with colleagues from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University, has been awarded an $8.3 million National Institutes of Health grant to test implementation strategies to improve the rates of HIV testing and linkage to care in 51 opioid treatment programs.

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The blue dots show amyloid bodies within the cells.

Researchers: Cancer Cells Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Too

October 18, 2016

A study published by researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine describes that certain proteins playing a role in cancer progression and metastasis are stored as amyloid bodies in dormant cancer cells. Once the amyloid bodies disaggregate, the cancer cells become active again. The findings were published in the journal Developmental Cell.

Read more about amyloid bodies in cancer cells »

From left, Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., with Romero Britto.

Romero Britto Unveils Colorful ‘Thyroid’ at Department of Medicine Reception

October 04, 2016

With the pull of a black drape, internationally renowned artist Romero Britto unveiled his gratitude to the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with a colorful tribute to a vital part of the human body. The painting called “Thyroid” was introduced at a reception September 16 at Britto’s newest gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

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From left, Ana M. Palacio, M.D., M.P., and Leonardo J. Tamariz, M.D., M.P.H.

Study: Physician-Led Point of Care Medication Delivery Significantly Improves Medication Adherence

September 20, 2016

Medication adherence is a significant barrier to the delivery of quality health services, particularly among minority populations and the elderly. But a new study led by clinical researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that adherence increased 17 to 29 percent when physicians delivered glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol-lowering medications to diabetic patients at the point of care.

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Miller School Scientists Publish Organic Chemistry Textbook

September 07, 2016

Bohdan Khomtchouk, a third-year genetics and genomics Ph.D. candidate working in the Center for Therapeutic Innovation and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has spearheaded the publication of an organic chemistry textbook, Survival Guide to Organic Chemistry: Bridging the Gap from General Chemistry, with CRC Press

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.

Dr. José Szapocznik to Join Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

September 01, 2016

José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and Chair emeritus of public health sciences, will join Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney, along with a human trafficking survivor/leader and other participants on September 6 at a panel discussion on human trafficking organized by Hadassah Greater Miami and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., has developed a quick and inexpensive diagnostic blood test for Zika.

Zeroing in on Zika

August 24, 2016

Mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus appeared in South Florida just recently, but UHealth physicians are already busy counseling prospective parents and treating pregnant women, and UM scientists are working overtime to bring diagnostic and therapeutic responses from the laboratory to the clinic — some possibly by the end of this year.

Read more about UM's response to the Zika virus »

Steven Chen, Ph.D.

Sylvester’s Dr. Xi “Steven” Chen Receives NCI Funding to Study Breast Cancer

August 16, 2016

Xi “Steven” Chen, Ph.D., a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine, has received a $1.8 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funding will be used to conduct research in precision medicine for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), using statistical genomics approaches.

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From left, Maria-Rosa Velazquez, M.P.A., Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., Lourdes Forster, M.D., Guillermo J.

Researchers Awarded $3.8 Million for Online Hispanic Family Intervention in Primary Care Settings

August 16, 2016

A multidisciplinary team of Miller School of Medicine researchers has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study of Familias Unidas, a well-established, family-based intervention program for Hispanic families with children aged 12 to 17, in primary care settings. To date, the program has been tested for effectiveness only in schools.

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Noriyuki Kasahara, M.D., Ph.D.

Ingenious Brain Tumor Therapy Found Safe and Effective in Early Trial

August 02, 2016

A Phase I dose-escalation trial, conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and multiple sites nationwide, has shown that a new gene therapy treatment for high-grade gliomas — the most aggressive brain tumors — is safe and improves patient survival. Having passed this milestone, the treatment will move on to more advanced trials.

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Nicole Wilson

Neuroscience Ph.D. Candidate Nicole M. Wilson Wins Women in Neurotrauma Research Award

July 19, 2016

Nicole M. Wilson, a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the Women in Neurotrauma Research (WiNTR) Award after competing in the trainee poster competition at the 2016 National Neurotrauma Society Symposium. The WiNTR award is given annually to recognize the top poster presentation by a woman. The trainee poster competition consisted of the top 22 (out of 377) graduate students and post-doctoral associates.

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Daniel J. Feaster, Ph.D.

UM Study in JAMA: Patient Navigation, Even with Financial Incentives, Does Not Improve HIV Outcomes

July 14, 2016

A large study by researchers from 14 institutions, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has found that a short-term structured patient-navigation intervention, even with financial incentives, shows no long-term improvement in HIV viral suppression when compared with conventional treatment for substance-abusing HIV patients who require hospitalization.

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Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H.

Group Led by Dr. Roderick K. King Releases Study Findings of Sea Level Rise and Public Health Risks

July 11, 2016

Communities from Palm Beach to Key West with the greatest risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise have been reported in a study by the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is also the CEO of the Institute.

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From left, Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., with W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Novel Drug Shows Potential for Aiding Memory and Learning after Traumatic Brain Injury

July 06, 2016

Treating rats with an experimental drug at three months following a traumatic brain injury improves their memory and learning ability, as reported in a new study published in the The Journal of Neuroscience. The drug is currently under development, and is being tested as a potential therapy for TBI by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Sunil Rao Named Interim Chair of Public Health Sciences

July 06, 2016

J. Sunil Rao, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his primary disease area of focus has been colorectal cancer — screening for early detection, unraveling the genomic determinants of progression and projected patient response to given treatments.

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From left, Lourdes Molleda, M.P.H., Daniela Castillo Onetto, San Carlos de Maipo Foundation in Chile, Danielle Sutton, Monica Bahamon, M.P.H., Marcelo Sanchez Ahumada, M.S., San Carlos de Maipo Foundation, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., Maria Tapia, M.S.W., Yannine Estrada, Ph.D., Richard Catalano, Ph.D., President, Society for Prevention Research, Maria Rosa Velázquez, M.P.A., Krystal Sardinas, M.P.H., and Willy Prado, Ph.D.

Research Team Led by Dr. Willy Prado Receives Award for Hemispheric Public Health Work

July 06, 2016

A Miller School research team led by Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health, and Dean of the Graduate School, has received the 2016 International Collaborative Preventive Research Award. The award was presented in San Francisco on June 2 at the annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

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From left, Michael King, Business Development Consultant, BSFT Institute, Joan Muir, Ph.D., Mikael Jepsson, Director of the Outreach Unit at Framtid Stockholm, Goran Hagglund and Alexandra Goransson, Director of Social Services for the City of Stockholm

UM Public Health Experts Are Key in a Swedish Effort to Integrate Refugee Youth

June 21, 2016

A unique partnership between University of Miami public health experts and the city of Stockholm plays a key role in supporting the health and emotional well-being of at-risk Afghan and Syrian refugee youth who have found their way from their troubled homelands to the Swedish capital. The transatlantic connection stems from the city of Stockholm’s many years of use of Brief Strategic Family Therapy.

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W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Miami Project Researchers Receive $1.6 Million Grant to Study Brain Temperature Effect on Concussion

June 21, 2016

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Senior Associate Dean for Discovery Science, and colleagues have received a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke award to study the importance of brain temperature on mild traumatic brain injury or concussion.

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From left, front row, Diane Zheng, M.S., Jordan Baeker Bispo, M.P.H., Tali Elfassy, M.S.P.H., Lin Zhu, M.S., and WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.B.B.S., M.S. From left, back row, Yue Pan, M.S., Manuel Ocasio, M.S.P.H., Wendy Stephan, M.P.H., Diana Naranjo, M.A., Sharleen Traynor, M.P.H., and Carrigan Parish, D.M.D.

Miller School Students Play Major Role in Epidemiology Congress Held in Miami

June 21, 2016

When the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas opened on June 21 in Miami, a large number of Miller School of Medicine students in the Department of Public Health Sciences had a rare opportunity to play a major role in the proceedings. Among them were 13 students in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. “All 13 who submitted abstracts had them accepted,” said Program Director WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., left, with Christopher A. Fraker, Ph.D.

Miller School Researchers Develop Revolutionary Anesthesia Formulation

June 07, 2016

An innovative anesthesia formulation developed by a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine research team could dramatically improve surgical care around the world. Unlike conventional anesthesia systems that vaporize liquid anesthetics into gas and then deliver it to the bloodstream through the lungs, the new formulation would allow this class of anesthetic drugs to be injected directly into the bloodstream.

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Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D.

New Book Aids Public Health Researchers with Statistical Analysis of Longitudinal Studies

May 17, 2016

Tae Kyoung Lee, Ph.D., a senior research associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences, working with three co-authors from other institutions, has published an advanced mathematics book – Higher-Order Growth Curves and Mixture Modeling with Mplus: A Practical Guide – that will assist researchers with statistical analysis of longitudinal studies.

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Mario Stevenson, Ph.D.

HIV/AIDS Researchers and Clinicians Outline Recent Advances at 12th Annual Symposium

May 17, 2016

Advances in antiretroviral therapy are extending the lives of individuals with HIV/AIDS, but more work is needed to develop an effective vaccine against the virus. Both themes were emphasized by a distinguished roster of researchers, clinicians and community activists at the 12th annual symposium held by the Miami Center for AIDS Research that drew more than 200 attendees.

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2016 George Paff Teaching Award winners.

Medical Students Present 2016 Paff Teaching Awards to Outstanding Instructors

May 03, 2016

Warren Kupin, M.D., professor of medicine, was one of 18 outstanding Miller School of Medicine instructors honored by their students at the 2016 George Paff Teaching Awards Ceremony on April 28 at the University of Miami Hospital Seminar Center. Second-year students Shirin Razdan and Matthew Chen co-chaired the ceremony, assisted by Soum Lokeshwar, Sophia Liu and Catherine Lee.

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Members of the Public Health Student Association gather for the inaugural Public Health Awareness Night at Marlins Park.

Public Health Student Association Holds Inaugural Awareness Night at Marlins Park

May 03, 2016

Protecting the health of a community is no small task, but it is the primary mission of the University of Miami’s Public Health Student Association. As the flagship student group dedicated to developing the future cadre of public health professionals, PHSA members partnered with the Miami Marlins on April 20 to host the inaugural Public Health Awareness Night at Marlins Park, raising more than $3,000.

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Scott C. Brown, Ph.D., left, with Joanna Lombard, M.Arch.

UM Study Links Neighborhood Greenness to Reduction in Chronic Diseases among Miami-Dade Seniors

April 27, 2016

A new study of a quarter-million Miami-Dade County Medicare beneficiaries, led in part by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, showed that higher levels of neighborhood greenness, including trees, grass and other vegetation, were linked to a significant reduction in the rate of chronic illnesses, particularly in low- to middle-income neighborhoods.

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Camillo Ricordi, M.D., left, and Rodolfo Alejandro, M.D.

Islet Transplantation Moves Toward an Approved Treatment for Severe Type 1 Diabetes

April 19, 2016

An unprecedented collaborative study across North America has found that islet transplantation was effective in preventing severe hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels, in the treatment of the most severe forms of type 1 diabetes. Eight centers including the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, participated in the trial.

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From left, Eugene Schiff, M.D., Laurence Sands, M.D., M.B.A., Kristin Podack, widow of Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., and Richard L. Williamson, Jr., J.D.

Senate Presents Highest Honors to Three Miller School Faculty Members

April 19, 2016

The Faculty Senate last week bestowed its highest honors on Laurence R. Sands, M.D., M.B.A., and Eugene R. Schiff, M.D., two pioneering physicians at the Miller School of Medicine. For the first time, the Senate also conferred a Special Senate Award posthumously, recognizing Eckhard Podack, M.D., Ph.D., the late researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his life-saving discoveries.

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From left, John Beier, Sc.D., Eduardo Gomez, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson Bermeo Fuentes, M.D., and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D.

Miller School Public Health Experts Conduct Zika Virus Seminar in Ecuador

March 22, 2016

Two faculty members from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences — John Beier, Sc.D., professor of public health sciences and Director of the Division of Environment and Public Health, and Whitney A. Qualls, Ph.D., senior research associate — conducted a Zika virus seminar and training workshop on February 17 at Catolica University in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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Sam Salama, M.D.

Dr. Sam Salama Named Executive Director of LAORA

March 08, 2016

Sam Salama, M.D., assistant professor of clinical surgery, has been named Executive Director of the Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA) at the Miller School of Medicine. A division of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery, LAORA is one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

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Register for Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, March 23

March 08, 2016

The Miller School of Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases, the Department of Public Health Sciences and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System will present Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety and Ethics, on Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.

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From left, students Devin Driscoll, Miguel Escanelle, Victoria Silverman and Ilana Mayer-Hirshfeld, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and students Carlos Miguel Barrera and Daniel O'Shea.

Three Miller School Students Elected to National Office in Latino Medical Student Association

February 23, 2016

A contingent of M.D./M.P.H. and traditional M.D. students from the Miller School of Medicine attended the recent Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Southeast Region Conference in Richmond, Va. The Miller School students had a significant presence at the conference, with three being elected to national office, one of whom also received a scholarship.

Read more about the students at the conference »

More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered for two days of presentations.

Sylvester Director Delivers Keynote Address at First Annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium

February 23, 2016

Doctors and scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center recently participated in the first annual Systems Biology Data Science Symposium, January 19 and 20 in Miami. More than 130 local researchers and outside experts who apply or develop computational systems biology resources gathered at the Lois Pope LIFE Center on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus for two days of presentations.

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Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Professor Edits First Comprehensive Textbook on Transplant Anesthesia

February 23, 2016

A Miller School professor has edited the first scholarly textbook in the field of transplant anesthesia and critical care. “Transplant anesthesiology is an emerging field of medicine that requires specialized skills and knowledge,” said Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor and Chief of the Division of Solid Organ Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia at the Miami Transplant Institute.

Read more about Dr. Pretto's textbook »

From left, students Andrew Fisher and Amanda Randall, Hilda Pantin, Ph.D., José Szapocznik, Ph.D., Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., student Kelsey Pan, Viviana Horigian, M.D., and student Marie Douglass.

Public Health Graduate Students Showcase their Work through Poster Exhibit

February 23, 2016

A select group of 44 students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences took part in the 2016 Annual Public Health Graduate Student Showcase February 4 in the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. The students displayed posters that presented their achievements in bringing public health knowledge and practice to some of the world’s neediest populations.

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From left, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., and James E. Williams, M.S., President of VCU Alumni Board of Governors.

Dr. Norma Sue Kenyon Receives Alumni Star Award

February 16, 2016

Norma Sue Kenyon, Ph.D., has received the Alumni Star award from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kenyon, the University of Miami’s Vice Provost for Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at the Miller School of Medicine, earned her doctorate from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Medical College of Virginia, which nominated her for its parent institution’s 2015 award program.

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Hermes J. Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

UHealth Faculty Member Promotes New Care Guidelines for Diabetes in Long-Term Care Facilities

February 16, 2016

A UHealth senior faculty member and diabetes researcher, collaborating with colleagues from several other institutions, all of whom are affiliated with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recently developed guidelines to improve the management of diabetes in patients living in long-term care facilities. The ADA statement seeks to help diabetes clinicians reduce hypoglycemia in older adults,.

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From left, Mehrdad Nadji, M.D., David Watkins, Ph.D., Sylvia Daunert, Pharm.D., M.S., Ph.D., Glen N. Barber, Ph.D., Sapna Deo, Ph.D., Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., and Ronald Desrosiers, Ph.D.

Miami CTSI Supports Collaborative Research Team to Study Zika Virus

February 09, 2016

As the Zika virus outbreak develops as a public health emergency, both internationally and for South Florida, David Watkins, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pathology, and a team of top Miller School researchers are rapidly working to develop better diagnostic tests and to understand the virus’s link to neurological complications such as microcephaly.

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Joseph Panoff, M.D.

Study Shows Inferior Outcomes for African-American Pediatric Lymphoma Patients

January 26, 2016

Researchers from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have published a study showing that African-American pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients have inferior overall survival to their white and Hispanic peers. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, are the largest study yet on racial and ethnic disparity in the pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma population.

Read more about Dr. Panoff's research »

Viviana Horigian, M.D., left, and Tatiana Perrino, Psy.D.

Leadership Transition in Educational Leadership for the Master of Public Health

January 19, 2016

Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Public Health at the Miller School of Medicine, has been named Vice Dean for Education at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A national search will be conducted for a Director of the Master in Public Health Programs. Several interim appointments were made as of January 1.

Read more about interim leadership in Public Health Sciences »

Glen N. Barber, Ph.D.

Sylvester Researcher Identifies Key Connection between Cellular Sensor and Colorectal Cancer

January 12, 2016

A researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that epigenetic silencing of a key sensor pathway allows colorectal cancer cells, and perhaps other tumors, to hide from the body’s immune system — a discovery that could help clinicians develop more effective diagnostics and treatments.

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Human Genetics Project Collaborators Wanted

January 12, 2016

Stephan Züchner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, and Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, are seeking faculty members who wish to find a collaborator or explore new projects with the genetics faculty.

Yue Pan, M.S.

Public Health Sciences Doctoral Student Receives Sponsorship Award at National HIV Conference

January 12, 2016

Yue Pan, M.S., a doctoral student in epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences, received the Sponsorship Award at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference held recently in Atlanta by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This preeminent conference brings together scientists, public health officials, community workers, clinicians and people living with HIV from a wide variety of organizations.

Read more about Pan's sponsorship award »